2001 Holden Astra TS City 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand
A fun car to drive
As yet nothing major has gone wrong with the car, due to the car not being very old and only having travelled low kilometres.
Slightly squeaky brakes and black brake dust on the wheel covers is annoying.
Has slight wind noise inside the car.
A great looking car which rides and handles well, looks good and has a solid feel about it.
A fun car to drive.
The seats are a little bit too firm.
The wheel covers look dirty all the time due to the excessive amount of black brake dust.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th August, 2001
26th Oct 2001, 01:09
It's normal and expected to have excessive brake dust on a new Astra.
3rd Apr 2004, 03:51
Agree that the Astra TS is a sound drivers car, but it can be expensive to maintain. At just 35,000 my front rotors and disc pads are up for renewal at up to $680 as per a quote from a GMH Dealer. The rear rotors and pads are not far away I am told. The battery has just been replaced at $135. So while ownership is a positive experience it comes with European parts pricing and in fact the car is more expensive to maintain (other than petrol) than my VT Berlina.
6th Oct 2005, 18:03
The Astra TS is a very good car for long distance driving, very stable at high speed and is actually more economical to use high octane premium unleaded. We can get Perth to Kalgoorlie, which is about 600km from a single fuel tank with 2 adults, 2 kids, full boot, air conditioner on, sitting at 110-120kph. Make sure you check and replace the timing belt at 60,000km. This was missed by my Holden service centre and at 105,000km, the timing belt failed whilst the car was cruising down the freeway at 100kph, resulting about $5,000 worth of damage to the engine. Not very good, considering the car is now only worth about $10,000 or less. Also, need to replace the alternator after 5 yrs as the battery won't get fully charged, and you will get all sorts of electrical disturbances whilst driving with a low volt battery. The Astra goes through brake pads real quick and the tyres are pretty expensive to replace. Great European quality, at European cost to maintain. Get rid of the car just as the warranty about to expire, becomes very expensive to maintain otherwise.